Entire kitchen staff fired at restaurant with mice, roaches and mold

The entire kitchen staff at the Palm Aire Restaurant inside the Palm Aire Inn on 415 South International Boulevard in Weslaco is fired after an alarming health inspection report with 26 demerits.

The Best Western is not associated with this restaurant as previously reported.

An inspector finds mold in the ice machine, dirty equipment, flies, mice poop and roaches.

Gina Saldivar is general manager at the hotel.

She says the chef and 3 kitchen staff members have been terminated for failing to maintain proper health standards.

A new crew has been brought in, according to her.

Gina says the restaurant is back on track.

"After the inspection we did a thorough cleaning, everything from the front end of the restaurant to the back end of the restaurant," she said. "They came back and we passed the inspection."

Sevilla Cafe on 241 South Texas Boulevard in Weslaco is a repeat low performer on Food 4 Thought.

Roaches are what's not on the menu.

Live ones turn up inside the cabinets.

"Disgusting," Tatiana Arellano, a little girl said.

A kitchen cop also finds food handlers without hairnets, improper handling of ready-to-eat foods, a cross-contamination of foods and no towels for proper sanitation.

Little Tatiana says she knows restaurants shouldn't have those problems.

"It would be nice for it to be clean," she said.

Nolita's Pizza on 533 East 13th Street in Brownsville is the dirtiest this week with 38 demerits.

A kitchen cop finds off-temperature pizza slices, no hairnets or towels for proper sanitation and dirty equipment.

The fridge is 18 degrees above the required cold temperature mark, according to the report.

And when an inspector asked a worker to wash his hands, he did not.

The Food Patrol asked owner Eduardo Morales about that violation over the phone.

"You know what, when someone asks you to wash your hands, you should wash your hands," he said. "And he's right. I told him. If the inspector says wash your hands, you should wash your hands even if you just took a shower. That was our bad and I told the employees that wasn't the right response."

Nolita's scored 3 demerits on a re-inspection.

The owner says his staff won't get caught on a busy day again.

Franci's Restaurant on 935 East Stenger in San Benito is this week's featured top performer with a zero demerit health report.

Open for breakfast, lunch and complete with a drive-thru, there's evidence of cleanliness everywhere at the eatery.

Owner Danny Estrada shares why having a top performer sticker from the Food Patrol on his door is so important for his business.

"I think it's very important that this sticker is up on the door so people can see, walk in knowing that it's clean!" he explained.

You know what the Food Patrol says to that--"Keep it clean!"

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Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

WeslacoPalm Aire Restaurant 415 S International (26, 6) *Mold, Roaches, Mice Poop*Sevilla Caf 241 S Texas (34) *Roaches, Cross-Contamination of Food*

BrownsvilleNolita Pizza 533 E 13th St (38, 3) *Off Temp Fridge, Worker Refused to Wash Hands*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

San BenitoFranci TMs 935 E Stenger

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San JuanLa Curva Taqueria 2912 N Raul LongoriaMcDonald TMs 824 W Bus 83

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AlamoLittle Caesar TMs 548 Alamo Rd

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MissionTokyo Gardens 2409 E ExpPeter Piper Pizza 3201 N Conway

PharrStars 1208 E Bus

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